The League is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grant: Ylan Vo for the project Ecologies of War and Recovery: A Case Study in Vietnam’s A Luoi Valley.
Vo will investigate and document the A Luoi Valley as an example of the post-conflict landscape of Vietnam, with particular emphasis on understanding the ecological and social conditions surrounding the toxic Agent Orange hotspots that mark the valley. Vo writes that her project “seeks to investigate the themes of conflict, ecology, and memory with the aim of connecting the ex-urban landscape of A Luoi Valley to its historic and contemporary contexts.” Ylan Vo is studying in the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs at Washington University in St. Louis.
The Deborah J. Norden Fund, established in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden, awards grants of up to $5,000 annually to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies. More information on the fund, including a complete list of past winning projects, is available on the Norden Fund competition page and in our ongoing series of Travel Reports by past winners.